The Constitution Society is delighted to announce that Professor Tom Hickman QC has joined its board of trustees. Tom is a leading public and constitutional law barrister at Blackstone Chambers and Professor of Public Law at University College London (UCL).
He frequently acts for clients in challenges to the decisions of regulatory bodies and governments, and recently represented the FDA union in the FDA v Prime Minister case challenging the Prime Minister’s decision to clear the Home Secretary of breaching the Ministerial Code in 2020. He acted for Gina Miller in both of the Miller claims, and has appeared in many leading cases before the Supreme Court.
Tom also regularly conducts litigation on behalf of governments and public authorities. Prior to taking silk in 2019, he was on the ‘A Panel’ of Government Counsel and he continues to advise and conduct litigation for the UK government in silk, including recently for the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence.
He is Standing Counsel to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO), which regulates the use of surveillance powers by law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the UK.
Tom’s research interests cover all areas of public law, national security law, constitutional law and theory and human rights law. He teaches on public law and human rights at UCL and is the author of Public Law After the Human Rights Act (2010) and many articles and book chapters on public law, human rights, constitutional theory and national security. He is a regular contributor to the UK Constitutional Law Association blog.
Tom joins Andrew Kennon, David Mundy, Sebastian Payne and Professor Alison Young on the board.